(skt.: punya; tib.: so nam) Positive imprints left on the mind by virtuous, or Dharma, actions. The principal cause of happiness. We create merits by dedicating positive karma for spiritual goals, like Buddhahood.
Words of Wisdom
"This world we see is a painting born from the brush of discursive thought, and within it or upon it nothing truly existent can be found. All things in samsara and nirvana are but mental labels and projections. Knowing this one knows reality; seeing this one sees most true."